No matter how slow or bad (and during NaNo or anytime else, bad is perfectly alright!) or whatever our writing is at times, there's always a reason that you're writing your novel and not some other story.
This is the place to shout out and say, "THIS is why I write what I write! This is why my story is awesome!" And feel free to come back and more as you go along, your story might just surprise you with an unexpected event or character :P
Well, let's see. I love a lot about it, so this might take while...
- The primary romance comes a bit unexpected - the reader will like expect the heroine and male main character 1 (MMC1) to end up together. Well, MMC2 still exists - and he and MMC1 will share one of the greatest romances ever, with a mean twist or two or three. Gosh, how I love Tian and Beius. They must be one of my best couples yet. Fiction needs more gay/bisexual characters!
- The whole "two that are linked and yet opposite" theme. I've got it everywhere, but it's mostly in Tian and Beius and the evil Twin organisations.
- My heroine is black. I love the development Patri goes through and how fierce she can be. I just love her all around. She's tough. And awesome. (Without being too perfect, she does make a good lot of mistakes.)
- I'm very proud of the whole state set-up. It was such a hassle creating it and making it make sense, but what's a post-apocalyptic world without a corrupt government?
- Post-apocalyptic. Love the word and fits my story to a T. What's cooler than huge deserted plains and the remains of humanity scattered in massive, isolated cities and the odd bombed-out town here and there? Right. Nothing.
- My two animal characters are a robot-monkey called Babou and a tame aardvark called Ignacio. Need I say more?
- Even though the main romance is gay, I have a lot of very strong women in my novel this time. Last year was quite male-centric, but this year the girls are doctors, firearms specialists, technicians, explosives specialists, head of the Remaining World, orphans and princesses. I love them all.
- Everyone is vegan. Well, it's more of a practical than an ethical decision, considering that fertile soil is very rare after the wars and a plant-based diet is way more economical if you're limited like that. (Which is one of the reasons many poor countries eat little meat, for example.) But still, to my little vegan mind, I'm very happy with this fact.
Squee! Your novel sounds splendid. As a bisexual vegetarian writer and librarian who's obsessed with the ethical writing of difference, I approve all over. ;) Also, post-apocalyptic novels are for win and awesome. Any favorites?
Wow, can I borrow your life, please? :D You sound like someone I'd love to know! (If you ever want to read a snippet, just shout :)) I'm not sure if you'll be disappointed though, because Patri's skin colour is not really an issue. Since there's no nations left and the pitiful remains of humanity are puzzled together from everywhere, it's no big deal anymore to have white skin or black skin or something. If it wasn't set in the future and a world like that, I'd probably have made it a bigger factor, though. Now it's just another bit to make the cast diverse and demonstrates that people have been thrown together from all over. It's not specified to happen on our world at all, so I chose not to make previous nationalities/cultures a big issue.
I actually haven't read much post-apocalyptic fiction... Does Uglies/Pretties/Extras/Specials count? Otherwise, very little :( Though I still have the Sacriversum somewhere upstairs. But dystopias are cool either way.
LOL, don't borrow my life, I'm unemployed since moving to a new state this August. D'oh!
I'm not disappointed by your choices about skin color. You're building a world, and the rules of it are up to you; as long as the choices you make don't make life harder for people in the real world, you're golden.
The Uglies series definitely counts! If you liked that, you might also like "Feed" by M.T. Anderson, or "So Yesterday" which is by the same author as the Uglies books.
Oh wowy, I hope your move will be alright! Good luck!
I simply mention it every now and then, such as when Tian comments that with her dark skin colour, Patri is harder to see in the dark. (Which can be very useful if you're in a dangerous underground organisation.) Just to remind the reader before he forgets :) Different skin colours and appearances are just treated as something very unimportant, which I think is good.
I'll definitely look into those, thanks for the info! There were some things I didn't like about the Uglies books (a lot of the characters), but the plot and ideas were pretty amazing. I'll check out the other books :)
Oof, I forgot to mention, I'd be happy to read any snippets you wanted to send along. Just be forewarned that I'm unlikely to share any novel bits just because, barring a sudden talent-inducing head injury, fiction is not my thing. I'd gladly send along poetry in return, though. :)
Thank you so much for starting this thread. I've hit that point in my novel where I'm staring at it and thinking, "Oh, you poor hot mess, I should put you out of your misery." I rarely write fiction; I'm a poet (please join me for NaPoWriMo in April!), and this whole "plot" thing is making me want to leap out of my office window. (Don't worry, my office is on the first floor. I might bruise my dignity, but that would be the extent of my injuries. I get far worse ones from hooping. ;))
So why is my story awesome? Because it has a tight-knit group of angels. Because I'm writing *interesting* angels--they fight, overreact, fall in love, fall apart, and screw up just like the rest of us. Because my main character is half-angel and half-human, and she has to figure out what that means to her and how she is going to use her powers. Because much of the action is centered around a fascinating library where nothing is as it seems. Most of all, my story is awesome because I'm actually *writing* it instead of carrying it around in my head and fretting that it isn't good enough to write. I'm writing it very, very badly (and I say this as someone with a B.A. in Creative Writing), and I don't mind one bit. It's exhilarating, actually. Woo!
I'm hooked with 'fascinating library'- that sounds like the sort of place I would love. Give me books and libraries and I'm happy. Libraries always make me so happy. I just love seeing all those books out there that I can read.
Because it's an outlet. It's semi-autobiographical and it helps me gain more insight into my own thoughts, as well as the perspective of the character. As much as we are similar, we're also different and I can use that to take a step back and look at everything in a different light.
1. It's realistic. Things don't always work out, but there is always something lingering in the background that, when it comes into the foreground, can unexpectedly bring you happiness.
2. It's realistic, but in the way where the characters don't relate to reality very well. So everything is seen from an alternative perspective. Suddenly everything is personified, and metaphorical because the characters need some basis of comparison to understand the world around them. And through this, emotions and objects take on a form of life.
3. It's relatable. Or at least I like to think so.
I wanted to write a fantasy/steampunk/neo-victorian/post-apocalyptic/sci-fi novel but when it came down to it I just couldn't feel anything for it. This way I am emotionally attached to all of my characters, but also detached in a way where I can write semi-objectively. Perhaps that other novel will have to come later :P
1. It has a hooper as the MC. :)
2. She actually hoops once or twice during the story, and one of her hoop sequences (so far) is described move by move so that a hooper reading it can follow (and perform it if s/he so wishes).
3. It's a fantasy, but it's not heavy on the fantasy elements, if that makes any sense. There's a princess, a castle, a cameo by a dragon, and more to come, but the story is about the people and all their subplots, not the cranky unicorn and weresquirrels that may or may not make it into the book.
4. It has darrots in it. ("What's a darrot?" you ask. Well, think technicolor doves. I needed a message-carrying bird...)
5. It's fun to write, even though things are getting much more serious than I planned them to be.
6. I'm almost halfway to a winning word count, and I've only written for six days. (Did I mention it's fun to write? ;)
I'm sure I could come up with more, but for now that will have to do. I need to get back to Elathe and get some more words cranked out.
My novel actually started out as a dream I had while pregnant with my daughter. Well more like nightmare. in the dream i had to keep my children safe during the zombie apocalypse and when i woke up i thought what a great story it would be because as far as i have seen, children (especially toddlers and babies) don't really play big roles in most zombie stuff and I was interested to figure out "what would i do if this happened?"
my main character has little to no knowledge of guns and doesn't own any weaponry so she has to figure out other ways to stay safe and kill any attacking zombies. I know zombies are terribly overdone right now but these dreams were so vivid and upsetting I would wake up thinking they were real and would be terrified that my husband (who in the dream was bitten) would reach our son before I could and infect him.
I am steadily catching up to my word count tonight! yay!
This is the first time I've been able to write this much and not rip it up thinking that my writing is awful...I'm happy with what I'm writing, and I'm getting somewhere in the story-it's actually moving forward, instead of stalling every few pages. The characters are developing a little bit more than I thought they would. The story kind of took a turn of its own at one point, which has never happened to me/I never let happen before, but I like where it went and how it's turning out.
I'm ahead in my word count right now, and I can't believe it. I'm so happy that I can do this. I'm believing in myself that I can actually write out a full story now that I've started one. Yes, there are a ton of plot holes that have suddenly popped up now that I've started writing that I didn't see when I was planning, but I'll figure something out for those eventually. Right now I just want to write everything I can. Every time I think I'm stuck, all of the sudden one more line will come to me and then I'm back writing tons of paragraphs again. Normally I like writing by hand, but I'm doing this on the computer and it's going really well because I can just keep going-it's easier to keep up with the ideas in my head when I'm typing.